Heroin epidemic continues; man dies slumped over steering wheel after overdose
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - At least one person died Wednesday, August 24, after an overdose on heroin.
Emergency crews responded to a reported overdose on Reading Road Wednesday afternoon in a Rally's parking lot. A man was found slumped over the steering wheel of a van. He died at the scene after fire crews were unable to revive him.
The death happened the day after Cincinnati crews responded to 30 overdoses in one day Tuesday. Wednesday, 32 more people overdosed bringing the three day total to more than 75 just in city of Cincinnati. One firehouse alone brought 14 people back to life.
The uptick in overdoses is being linked to a drug that is used to tranquilize elephants called carfentanil. Most people have no idea it's mixed in with other drugs. Carfentanil is 100 times as powerful as fentanyl which killed hundreds in the Tri-State area in 2015. It's too early to tell if the spike in overdoses Tuesday night have anything to do with carfentanil. But, it has been found in several places throughout the city of Cincinnati in early August 2016. The lab at the Hamilton County Coroner's office will test heroin found at some of the overdose scenes to determine what was in it.
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